Sixth Street Grill Gives to Polar Plunge

EUGENE, Ore. — The Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics, is only one week away and one restaurant is stepping up to make a difference. Owners of the Sixth Street Grill in Eugene are donating 20 percent of sales from breakfast Saturday to the effort. Owner, Linda Addison, says they’re happy to lend a … Continue reading »

Torch Run Travels Through Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — From Ashland to Roseburg and Roseburg to Eugene, the Flame of Hope Torch is lighting its way to Corvallis. Springfield and Eugene police ran with Special Olympics athletes Wednesday, in the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run. About 20 representatives with the Eugene Police Department are running to raise money and awareness for … Continue reading »

NCU Hosts Basketball Clinic

EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of Special Olympic basketball players spent the day sharpening their skills alongside the Northwest Christian University teams and coaches. Both the men’s and women’s teams, along with coaches, partnered with the Special Olympics Sunday to host a basketball clinic. Dozens of special olympic athletes participated in warm ups and drills with … Continue reading »

Special Olympics Athletes to Compete

EUGENE, Ore. — A special group of athletes is living their dream this weekend by competing in the Special Olympics. They’ve been practicing, perfecting, and they’re ready to compete in events like the long jump and the shot put. David Iverson, 27, is competing in the softball throw, plus the 50 yard dash and team … Continue reading »

Torch Run Blazes Through Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Local law enforcement agencies hit the pavement Wednesday to draw attention to this weekend’s Special Olympics Summer Games. The torch run started in Ashland, and on day three of the relay, officers made a pit stop at Valley River Center to meet up with athletes competing in this weekend’s Special Olympics. About … Continue reading »

Interview: EPD Supports Special Olympics

EUGENE, Ore. — The law enforcement torch run represents a longstanding tradition within the Special Olympics family. During the week of July 8-13 over 800 law enforcement volunteers and athletes will relay the flame of hope to summer state games, their destination being the games ceremonies at Newberg High School’s stadium. Sgt. Bob McDermed of … Continue reading »

Polar Plunge Raises $25,000

EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of people dove in to the bone-chilling Willamette River, all in the name of charity. Saturday marked this year’s Polar Plunge hosted by Oregon law enforcement. This daring event is part of an annual tradition in Eugene. Participants dove right into the 44-degree water. Those taking the plunge spent the past … Continue reading »

Taking a Plunge for a Cause

EUGENE, Ore. — More than 300 people are expected to take the plunge Saturday–the Polar Plunge, that is. Staff members were out at Maurie Jacobs Park Friday setting up for the chilly dip and run into the Willamette River. The proceeds will go to support the Special Olympics. Coordinators say the cause is a great … Continue reading »

Athletes Train for Special Olympics

EUGENE, Ore. — The Special Olympics Torch of Hope is making its way to Newberg for the Summer State Games. It will arrive on Saturday and so will the athletes. Western Oregon is well represented with 119 athletes from Benton County, 77 from Douglas County and 135 from Lane County. One of those athletes is … Continue reading »

The Flame of Hope Torch Passes Through Eugene and Springfield

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene and Springfield police officers teamed up Wednesday for a special cause. Joined by a few U.S. Marshals, the officers ran alongside some Special Olympics athletes, bearing the Flame of Hope torch. The torch is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, an effort throughout Oregon to raise awareness and funds for … Continue reading »